It has been a long time since the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. However, when they meet Friday night, some key players remain. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are in more prominent roles for the Raptors, while the Warriors have kept their core three together, led by Stephen Curry.
The Raptors opened a seven-game West Coast trip with a 113-95 win over the Sacramento Kings. In the Warriors’ recent game, they survived the Memphis Grizzlies, needing a game-winning Jordan Poole layup.
Let’s check the latest NBA news, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Raptors vs Warriors. We’ve got plenty of NBA picks for you to consider.
Raptors Not Dead Yet
Last season, the Raptors were gritty and made the playoffs. This season they have kept that same grit but sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, and some began to speculate the Raptors could be a team selling at the trade deadline.
Instead, the Raptors have won their last two games and have gone 6-4 over the previous 10. That has put some of the trade rumors on pause. Part of the turnaround has been last season’s Rookie of the Year, Scottie Barnes, breaking out of his slump. He has played better in the new year, averaging 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.6 assists over the 13 games.
Barnes is not the only player putting together good games, with Siakam, VanVleet, and Gary Trent Jr. combining for 76 points in a Sunday win over the New York Knicks. Siakam has been playing at an elite level all season, leading the Raptors in points, rebounds, and assists per game. In the win over the Kings, he closed the game with a near triple-double, 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists.
Warriors End Home Court Slump
For most of the season, the Warriors have been one of the best teams at home. Even when Curry was injured, what kept the team relevant was playing most of their games at Chase Center. However, they had been on a four-game losing streak at home before beating the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
It took big nights from the core group of players, with Curry finishing with 34 points before being ejected for throwing his mouthpiece. Curry got his technical foul because he got upset with Poole for taking a bad shot. Poole ended up being the hero, using his last bucket of a 21-point night to win the game. Draymond Green had his signature stat-stuffing game with 8 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocks. Klay Thompson wasn’t silent either, with 24 points and five 3s.
The game meant a lot to the Warriors, who have formed a growing rivalry with the Grizzlies. They also won the game without Andrew Wiggins, who was a last-minute scratch due to an illness.
This game could have helped the Warriors regain their mojo at home, tied for the fifth most wins, despite their recent struggles.
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Raptors vs Warriors Head-to-Head
The Warriors beat the Raptors, 126-110, in their first meeting up in Canada on Dec. 18. They were without Curry, but Poole made up for it with 43 points.
Raptors vs Warriors Game Information
- Game: Raptors (22-27) vs Warriors (24-24)
- Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
- Day/Time: Friday, Jan. 27, 10:00 p.m. EST
- Raptors vs Warriors Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Raptors vs Warriors Betting Lines
Raptors vs Warriors Picks and Prediction
If the Warriors’ last win can get them back to being dominant at home, it will be a challenging game for the Raptors. Plus, the Raptors have a lot of difficult games on the horizon, and this one might slip through the cracks.
While the Raptors may be the hotter team coming into the game, the Warriors have been showing glimpses of being back to their championship-contending selves. Plus, they are coming off a big emotional win.
The Golden State Warriors are listed at -190 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Warriors, you have a chance to win $53. The Toronto Raptors is +163, offering a chance to win $163on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Golden State Warriors a 65.52% chance to win, with the Toronto Raptors at 38.02%.
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Warriors vs Raptors Previous Game (Dec. 18, 2022)
In what is similar to the 2019 NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors take on the Golden State Warriors without several of their best players. That includes Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins and potentially Draymond Green. Toronto is favored on the NBA odds as a result even if they too will be dealing with a few absences.
The sportsbook is giving Golden State a bit of respect with their current lines. Normally, a team with the worst road record combined with a slew of injuries is a double-digit underdog. In that sense, either bet online on Toronto or pass. The Raptors have struggled to cover lately but this is one they can’t blow.